I’ve written dozens of short films and sketches, almost all comedies. Here is a small sampling of the 25 I’ve shot. Most of my more recent films have been antiwar comedies. One of those—”Here’s Your Flag”—is included here. The rest can be found on my Antiwar Comedy Shorts site. Of the 8 films submitted to festivals, all 8 have been accepted, with 6 of them winning awards (a total of 22 so far), in a total of 120 festivals.
Here’s Your Flag
This is one of my eight Antiwar Comedy Shorts. An Army officer shows up at Mrs. Cavanaugh’s front door with a flag, asking if her son would prefer maple or mahogany. (“For the casket, ma’am.”) Her son just enlisted yesterday, but new computer algorithms have determined he’s going to die.
A doctor shows up at a woman’s front door and convinces her that she needs the medicine he’s selling. When I wrote this I was just trying to have fun. Only later did I realize that it’s a commentary on Big Pharma.
If you enjoy this one, you might enjoy the “Director Interview” for BUT I—, which was shot over Skype between Los Angeles and Tijuana. For that reason, the technical quality isn’t the best, but Lori Allen Thomas did a super job as a TV interviewer who is herself under the influence of something.
Littering is Bad
I did a lot of amazing student films for several schools in Los Angeles. But there was one school where a lot of the young (male) filmmakers seemed fixated on serial killers. Making fun of that tendency, I wrote this odd little comedic piece.
Faux Director Interview for “But I
I shot this over skype from my apartment in Tijuana, so the technical quality isn’t great, but Lori Allen Thomas’s performance is so much fun that I’m included this video here. You have to have watched “But I—” above in order to understand this piece.
The Bad News
Ever notice that the nightly news is all bad? Surely there must be “new” things that happen in the world that aren’t bad—but you wouldn’t know it from watching the bad news, delivered by cheery, smiling anchorpersons.
A few years ago I challenged myself to write 30 sketches in 30 days. (I did it, producing them in the form of simple animations.) My elderly mother had told me of a TV show she saw that opened up by showing decapitated heads on a front lawn. Who thinks we want to watch this type of thing? (And why does anyone?)